Baseball practice is back for now, but with some restrictions

Jason Huggins, manager of the Jackson Post 43 Giants American Legion team, leads a small group of U15 players in stretches before Wednesday’s practice at Giants Field. “We’re able to do everything we need to do,” Huggins said. “We just have to do it in modified ways.”

As restrictions on gatherings ease across the state, real-life, in-person nine-versus-nine baseball games will be underway on Saturday.

Wyoming American Legion baseball wasted little time getting the 2020 summer season booked following Gov. Mark Gordon’s decision to extend public gatherings to 25, up from 10. Over the weekend Wyoming Legion chairman Cody Beers released protocols for a return to play, which opened the door for the Jackson Post 43 Giants to schedule the team’s first weekend of baseball, with games Saturday and Sunday in Gillette.

Most notable among the restrictions will be the strict limits on who can be on the field and when. With only 25 people on the playing field at a time, which includes occupying dugouts, the nine players in the lineup for both teams will be allowed on the field. Then two coaches for each side will be allowed, along with two umpires.

The home plate umpire will be required to wear a mask and gloves, and remaining players for each team not in the lineup will have to stay outside the fencing around the field.

“It’s going to be weird. We can’t have team meetings after the games. In between innings kids have to sanitize. There won’t be huddles of any sort,” Jackson manager Jason Huggins said. “But we’re going to do whatever we’ve got to do to make our kids play baseball and be safe.”

Huggins said six teams are scheduled to compete in Gillette, with Jackson, Gillette, Evanston, Sheridan, Casper and Cheyenne slated to take the field.

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Contact Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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